“I’ve gained so many new skills, especially when it comes to 3D modelling and electrical systems… I’ve learned more than I ever could have doing this independently.”

- Cameron Kinsella, Grade 12 student at Mount Pearl Senior High

The offshore oil and gas industry in Newfoundland and Labrador helps support the annual MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Competition to encourage students from across the province to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Through fun and educational competition, students learn to design, build and operate Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to preform specific tasks and maneuver set obstacles. ROVs are underwater robots that can reach ocean depths that are not easily accessible. As a result, ROVs have become an indispensable tool to the offshore oil and gas industry and are used most often for survey, inspection, and retrieval of assets under water.

“Looking back at this competition, the value in it for me is that it really kick-started my interest in ocean technology. This competition is actually what first introduced me to ROVs and ocean mapping equipment. It’s what got me to the Marine Institute and it’s how I learned about the ocean mapping program. So, it’s kind of what got me into the career that I’m in today.

- Michaela Barnes, Ocean Mapping Graduate, Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University

“Our hope and goal is to open students’ eyes to… work in STEM-based careers,” says Paul Brett, Head of the School of Ocean Technology at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University. The oil and gas industry “gives us huge financial contributions… to provide equipment and travel funding to students… They give very engaging speeches so the students can see there might be a future for them in the oil and gas field.”

Congratulations to all of the teams involved in the 2019 event.